The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach to Television Scripts

The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach to Television Scripts

by Ellen Sandler
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The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach to Television Scripts by Ellen Sandler

Why is TV writing different from any other kind of writing? How will writing a spec script open doors? What do I have to do to get a job writing for TV? Writing for television is a business. And, like any business, there are proven strategies for success. In this unique hands-on guide, television writer and producer Ellen Sandler shares the trade secrets she learned while writing for hit shows like Everybody Loves Raymond and Coach. She offers concrete advice on everything from finding a story to getting hired on a current series.

Filled with easy-to-implement exercises and practical wisdom, this ingenious how-to handbook outlines the steps for becoming a professional TV writer, starting with a winning script. Sandler explains the difference between “selling” and “telling,” form and formula, theme and plot.

• A technique for breaking down a show style so you’re as close to being in the writing room as you can get without actually having a job there
• The 3 elements for that essential Concept Line that you must have in order to create a story with passion and consequence
• Mining the 7 Deadly Sins for fresh and original story lines
• Sample scripts from hit shows
• In-depth graphs, script breakdown charts, vital checkpoints along the way, and much, much more!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385340502
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/27/2007
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 166,858
Product dimensions: 5.21(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ellen Sandler has over twenty years of experience in the TV writing business. She was Co-Executive Producer and writer on the Emmy-winning hit series Everybody Loves Raymond, and has written for over 25 prime-time network television series, including Taxi, Kate and Allie, and Coach. She is a highly-regarded script consultant, and in addition to her Television Writing workshops in LA and NYC, is a frequent featured speaker at schools and universities across the country.

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TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach to Television Scripts 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It makes me wish I had become a TV writer -- and has me believing I could actually do it. The TV Writer's Workbook is not only the most insightful and informative book available on writing for television it's a funny, inspiring and wonderfully written guide that will take you -- one step at a time -- all the way to a terrific script and a successful television career.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has really, really helped me in developing my spec script. It's very easy to read, incredibly informative, and I just can't get over it. I am intentionally leaving a couple chapters at the end because I don't want to be done with it 'although I do go back every now and again to brush up on certain topics'. I highly recommend it, its changed the way I look at writing and think about my upcoming stories.